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The Best Chocolate Cake

The Best Chocolate Cake is perfect base for layering, frosting and decorating! This cake has a great chocolate flavor, is soft but stable and is easily frosted! This Chocolate Cake recipe will be your new favorite!
Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2 6 inch cakes
Author Karli Bitner


  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp sour cream
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt


  • Preheat the oven to 350°. Prepare two 6 inch pans or one 9 inch pan by lightly coating with butter and then 'flouring' the pan with a little cocoa powder. Set aside.
  • Using the whisk attachment on a stand mixer, beat together the melted butter and sugar. Beat for 3 minutes, until light and fluffy.
  • Add in the eggs, egg yolk and vanilla. Mix until well combined.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the milk and sour cream until smooth. Add to the batter (butter/sugar/egg mixture). Mix until well combined.
  • Add in the flour, cocoa ,baking powder and salt. Slowly mix until smooth. 
  • Pour the batter into prepared pan(s). 
  • Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool completely before removing from pan or cutting.